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Originally published: 2013-05-30 19:39:48
Last modified: 2013-05-30 19:41:47

Trailblazer Award: Augustine overcomes injuries

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Collin Augustine has seen plenty of ups and downs during his four-year athletic career at Watauga.
Several happened in just his senior year. Augustine endured two broken bones that limited him in two different sports seasons.
He's also had injuries in different seasons, but managed to become a key element on the team's football and basketball teams while at Watauga.
He was rewarded for his perseverance Tuesday when he received the Trailblazer Award, which is given to the top male student-athlete at Watauga High.
"It means a lot," Augustine said. "I'm very grateful to be awarded that. It was a long four years, that's for sure."
Augustine got off to a fast start in 2012 with the Watauga football team after being moved to fullback, which is a key position in Watauga's spread offense.
Just one year earlier, Kyle Chambers gained more than 1,000 yards playing fullback.
It seemed to be Augustine's destiny, until he broke his collarbone in the second week of the season. Augustine played in just six games, but managed to lead the team in rushing with 530 yards and score five touchdowns.
That works out to 88.3 yards per game. Augustine also averaged 5.6 yards per game.
Augustine also had 25 tackles while playing linebacker on defense.
Augustine said one of the hardest things about the football season was having to sit and watch while his collarbone healed.
"The first two games out were frustrating," Augustine said. "Toward the end, I kind of realized that I had to help out the best I could and use what I could provide and help out the team. I was definitely eager to get back."
Augustine returned on Oct. 19 and gained 58 yards on 11 carries in a 38-18 loss at Hibriten. He got off to a slow start in the first half, but gained 51 of those yards and scored a touchdown in the second.
Augustine added 88 yards on 15 carries in a 43-29 victory over St. Stephens the following week.
But as Augustine was practicing for the Watauga basketball team, an unexpected injury set him back before the season began.
He punched a padded wall in frustration and broke his hand, which kept him out of the season for the rest of 2012.
He returned during the NWC season and became a key contributor off the bench. Augustine was a physical player who could also hit a jump shot and drive to the basket offensively.
Augustine said just staying on his feet while on the court presented a challenge. He was used to playing in cleats on grass and had to switch to the floor in sneakers.
"Transitioning from football to basketball can be frustrating," he said. "I wasn't happy with practice and I took it out on the padded wall."
Augustine's senior year was not the only academic season where he missed games. He also injured his shoulder as a junior and as a sophomore, which cost him some games during those football seasons.
Both injuries required surgery to repair.
"It was a long athletic four years," Augustine said. "I love doing it. I had someone tell me, 'How do you want to be remembered?' It kind of hit home for me, especially the last two years with athletics. I wanted to maintain my reputation, and that kept me thinking about next year."
Augustine had interest from Campbell and from Guilford College to play football this fall, but he chose to attend Appalachian State and study athletic training.
"It was a really tough decision I had to make whether I wanted to continue to play football or not," Augustine said. "It's a really big commitment. With all the injuries and everything I had to overcome, it was very overwhelming."

Augustine had interest from Campbell and from Guilford College to play football this fall, but he chose to attend Appalachian State and study athletic training.

"It was a really tough decision I had to make whether I wanted to continue to play football or not," Augustine said. "It's a really big commitment. With all the injuries and everything I had to overcome, it was very overwhelming. My body was telling me no more, so I made the decision to stop playing football. I'm satisfied with my athletic career."